- Thursday 30 July 2015
Today, 122 years after it ran aground on the beach named after it, the visible remains of the SSDicky have experienced their final journey.
Time and tide took such a toll on the wreck that in 2013 a Department of Environment and Heritage (EHP) inspection report elevated the case for relocation to save what remained of the local heritage icon.
Division 2 Councillor Tim Dwyer, who was on hand at Dicky Beach for the final work on the old steamship, said the partial relocation of the wreck was the best chance of saving the important piece of Sunshine Coast history.
There were three components to the relocation including excavation, cutting and recording, with the stern removal taking place at low tide in front of around 200 onlookers.
Archaeologists worked alongside heavy equipment on the beach to record and preserve salvaged material.
“Council is working in partnership with EHP and the community-based SS Dicky taskforce to deliver an interpretive display at Dicky Beach,” Cr Dwyer said.
“The display will feature salvaged parts of the wreck and images and stories of local people.
“The interpretive display’s design will form part of the Dicky Beach Park Landscape Plan and will be finalised by Council once the partial wreck removal is complete.
“The beauty of the proposal, for those wanting the wreck to remain in-situ, is that the section of the wreck deepest in the sand has remained where it is. Thereby creating not only a safer situation but also still having a part of the wreck resting in its spiritual home."